Ambassador Nozipho January-Bardill



Ambassador Nozipho January-Bardill chairs the Council of Nelson Mandela University and the United Nations (UN) Global Compact Local Network in South Africa.

She has been South Africa’s ambassador to Switzerland, Lichtenstein and the Holy See as well as Deputy Director General of South Africa’s Department of Foreign Affairs and interim Chief of Staff and special advisor to UN Women and the UN Environmental Programme respectively. Nozipho has served for 12 years as an expert member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination.

Nozipho was an anti-Apartheid activist in exile in Lesotho and the UK and was equally involved in the fight to improve race relations in her host countries. On her return to South Africa, she worked in the “new” and liberated South African Parliament and other institutions to democratise and transform the nation’s policies, cultures and practices. She remains engaged in the human rights and anti-racism movements as well as the struggle for gender and social justice in South Africa.

Nozipho uses her leadership, change management, political and diplomatic knowledge and skills to advocate for better education, women’s emancipation and, in particular, an end to violence against women, social justice, and responsible and ethical leadership and governance, as well as environmental stewardship and sustainable development.

She has a Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature and a Certificate in Education from the University of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland, a Masters in Applied Linguistics from Essex University, and a Diploma in Human Resources Management from Damelin College in South Africa. She has contributed to publications on racism, xenophobia, gender equality and

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